The looming US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

The Trump administration’s antipathy toward arms control will strike again on November 22, when the United States withdraws from the Open Skies Treaty. That is a mistake. While Russia has violated the treaty, the United States has reciprocated. NATO allies support the treaty - which focuses first and foremost on enhancing European security - and wish the United States to remain a party. Whether the treaty can continue following the American departure remains to be seen and will depend on what Russia does. When it takes office, the Biden administration should consider reentering the agreement, though that may require some creative international lawyering. Read the latest article by Deep Cuts Commissioner Steven Pifer on a possible way ahead here